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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 29 Jun 2012 7:43 AM

Today in the roundup: Celebrating Klyde Warren Park, reviewing Blue Man Group and an extensive survey of arts graduates.


PARTY TIME: Two days of celebrations are planned for the opening of Klyde Warren Park (a.k.a. – the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park) Oct. 27-28. Details are still being worked out, but officials tell that the event will be similar to the weekend of events that opened the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in March.

PAINTING BASS HALL BLUE: You’ve got three more days to catch Blue Man Group at Bass Performance Hall. And while the look of the show is familiar to many, the way the group explores technological advances keeps it fresh. “The Blue Men are surrounded by all sorts of noisy, garish artifacts of modern technology that threaten to overwhelm them, just as they threaten to wash us all away in a sea of ones and zeros,” Punch Shaw writes on “But their response to these 21st century innovations is to beat on them until they make music.” Amy Martin also picked up on the tech theme. “Truly stellar is a long bit on information overload using the smart phone-shaped suspended screens. Simultaneous and often conflicting messages appear on the screens, including truly hilarious reductions of classic literature into Twitter-length bits,” she writes on

ASSESSING THOSE ARTS DEGREES: The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has conducted an extensive survey of arts graduates and put together a very slick website for the findings. Among the noteworthy stats are: North Texas has the highest concentration of arts professionals in the state and 72 percent of respondants continue to practice art outside of their jobs. Lots of interesting bits in there.